Former Coronation Street actor took own life, inquest finds

Trevor Smith was found in a quarry
Trevor Smith was found in a quarry

A former Coronation Street and Emmerdale actor who was found drowned in a quarry after finding out his father had died took his own life, a coroner has found.

Trevor Smith, aged 42 - also known by his screen name Trevor Hancock - was found in a quarry after going missing the day before.

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

The actor appeared on Coronation Street in 1999 as a valuer and also had roles in Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

He had been discharged from Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital on January 5, after being admitted on December 30 when he was found at home with self-inflicted cuts on both of his wrists.

Speaking at Chesterfield coroner’s court, assistant coroner James Newman said in a statement that Katherine Wells, a nurse at the hospital, stated she had given Mr Smith the news that his father had died on January 5, the day he had been discharged.

The man, from Bowling Green Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was due to stay with close friend and co-founder of Wirksworth theatre company Men in Dressing Gowns Darren Langford, who had accompanied him to his Wirksworth home to pick up some items.

Mr Smith left the house, claiming he needed to take a jacket back to a friend. When he did not return for an hour, Mr Langford called the police, who found his body in the quarry the following day.

The inquest heard how he had sent a text to a young student actor whom he ‘had taken under his wing’ saying: ‘Sorry I have to go now. You’re the only one who can do this.’

Mr Newman said that while in hospital, Mr Smith had disclosed problems with his career, stress and his sexuality had caused him to self-harm.

“Trevor Smith died as a result of drowning,” he said.

Mr Newman returned a conclusion of suicide.